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Using Data Science to do Good: A Conversation

December 2, 2016

This is a guest post by Roger Stanev and Chris French. Roger Stanev is a data scientist and lecturer at the University of Washington. His work focuses on ethical and epistemic issues concerning the nature and application of statistical modeling and inference, and relationship between science and democracy. Chris French is a data science enthusiast, and an advocate for social justice. He’s worked on the history of statistics and probability, and writes science fiction in his spare time.

Calling Data Scientists, Data Science Enthusiasts, and Advocates for Civic Liberties and Social Justice. Please join us for an information and preliminary discussion about how Data Science can be used to do Good!

Throughout Seattle/Tacoma, the state of Washington and the other forty-nine states in America, many non-profit organizations promote causes that are vital to the health, safety and humanity of our friends, families and communities. For the next several years, these social and civic groups will need all the help they can get to resist the increase of fear and hatred – of racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry – in our country.

Data Scientists have a unique skill set. They are trained to transform vague and difficult questions – typically questions about human behavior – into empirical, solvable problems.

So here is the question we want to have a conversation about: How can Data Scientists & IT Professionals use their expertise to help answer the current human questions which social and policy-based organizations are currently struggling to address?

What problems will minority and other vulnerable communities face in the coming years? What resources, tools and activities are currently being employed to address these questions? What can data science do, if anything, to help address these questions? Do data scientists or computer professionals have an obligation to assist in promoting social justice? What can we, as data scientists, do to help add and expand the digital tool-belt for these non-profit organizations?

If you’d like to join the conversation, RSVP to ds4goodwa@gmail.com

Saturday, January 14
11am to 1pm @ King County Library (Lake Forest)
17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Saturday, January 21
11am to 1pm @ Tacoma Public Library
1102 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98402

Saturday, January 28
1 to 3pm @ Seattle Public Library (Capitol Hill)
425 Harvard Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

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  1. December 2, 2016 at 9:48 am

    This is awesome! Any way to engage scientists not in the Seattle area? Any way for people to call in?

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  2. December 2, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Yes! I have been wrestling with this ever since finishing Weapons of Math Destruction. The election has only magnified my interest.


  3. James Mckendrick
    December 3, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Best you can do is find the money. That is the key to all transactions. Some are essential some are contra? Some are out right illegal. Some fund dictators. Problem too much illegal money with dictatorships

    Timeless Woodwork James T. McKendrick


  4. Roger Stanev
    December 3, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Many thanks EmilyK. We’re looking into webcasting and ways to sign in. Stay tuned.

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